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Christina Aguilera celebrates her Grammy nomination for her duet with Demi Lovato and calls the singer "an admirable young woman who figures out her own stuff." (Jan 30)
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Demi Lovato is heartbroken over the death of a close friend, who she said lost her battle with addiction.

The 27-year-old singer, who was hospitalized in the summer of 2018 after an apparent drug dosing, mourned the loss on her Instagram stories Wednesday.

"Destroyed. Please keep your loved ones," Lovato wrote under a picture of her friend. "Tell them that they are special and that you love them. Make sure they know it. RIP to my boo @sirtruss 🖤🖤🖤"

In a second story, the artist told his followers: "Dependence is NO joke. "Heaven got this beautiful angel last night because of the terrible disease.

" I am crushed and will always miss you @ Sirtruss, "she continued." If you or someone you know is struggling, know that it is okay to ask for help. "

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On July 24, 2018, an ambulance Lovato rushed to the hospital, just one month after the singer admitted in her single "Sober" that she had relapsed after six years of sobriety.

Lovato broke her ilence two weeks later and wrote in a then-deleted Instagram post, "I want to thank God for keeping me alive and well. I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I have learned is that this disease is not something that disappears or fades over time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet. "

She reported into a rehabilitation facility in August and called in the New Year with an appreciation of life.

" So grateful for lessons I have learned this year, "she wrote on her Instagram story. " I will never take another day in life for granted, even the bad ones. "

Contributions: Cydney Henderson, Andrea Mandell and Anika Reed

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